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Texas Health Kaufman Earns National Recognition for Paperless Environment
01/22/2014

KAUFMAN, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman is one of just 160 health care facilities nationwide — about 2 percent of U.S. hospitals — to be recognized for operating at the highest level of electronic health record (EHR) adoption. The hospital’s paperless environment helps improve efficiency, quality of care and patient safety, hospital and industry leaders say.

Texas Health Kaufman earned the Stage 7 Award from Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics, the nation’s major health information technology association. Stage 7 is the highest level of electronic health record adoption a hospital can achieve, according to HIMSS.

“Our care team has truly embraced the use of electronic health records and the numerous benefits this technology provides to our patients,” said Patsy Youngs, president of Texas Health Kaufman. “This recognition acknowledges the hard work and dedication of our entire team.”

The computer-based EHR collects, organizes, shares and manages clinical and administrative information. It’s used by physicians on the medical staff, nurses and caregivers throughout the hospital and with other linked facilities.

“The electronic health record has greatly improved shared access and communication of health care information in real time,” said Dr. Mark Sij, chief medical officer, Texas Health Kaufman. “This is a valuable tool for not only our care team but our patients and the community.”

HIMSS Analytics developed a program in 2005 to evaluate the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals. Eight stages (0-7) measure a hospital’s implementation and use of information technology applications. In Stage 7, the hospital is truly paperless and clinical information can be readily shared through electronic transactions with all entities (other hospitals and clinics, employers, payers and patients).

All 14 wholly owned Texas Health Resources hospitals are linked through the EHR and have achieved at least Stage 6 on the adoption model. Reaching the sixth of seven stages means the hospitals have implemented barcode medication verification to help prevent medication errors. Only 13 percent of U.S. hospitals have reached Stages 6 or 7.

Of the 13 hospitals in Texas that have attained Stage 7 designation, nine are affiliated with Texas Health Resources.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman is a 91-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Kaufman and Henderson counties and the southern part of Dallas County since 1979. The hospital's services include women’s services, wound care, diagnostic imaging, cardiac rehabilitation and pain management services. Texas Health Kaufman, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, was recently recognized with the Pathway to Excellence hospital designation for distinction in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Kaufman.

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